Crohns Disease Disabled Woman Seeks Grant Money To Pay For Medication
by Patricia Witt
(Anoka, MN, USA)
I am a 49-year-old female. I have had Crohn's disease since age 17. I have had multiple operations, having parts of my digestive tract and stomach removed.
Due to the nature of my illness and the removal of intestines, my body does not digest foods, or medications very well, sometimes not at all.
During the past year it has also been found that I have a tumor on my pancreas and inflammation of my sphincter of odie. All of these diagnoses come with severe pain in the abdomen, which also goes into my lower back.
The only medication that my doctor and I have found that works to relieve the pain, cramping, and also nausea and dehydration is a medication that is absorbed into my cheek.
This medication is also however very expensive. I currently do not have RX coverage and no one will cover me because this medicine is so expensive.
I have been in contact with the company that makes this medication, and as of this date they do not have an assistance program for this medication.
I have been in contact with other agencies that offer prescription assist., but they do not cover this medication as well. I am sure it is due to the cost.
When I am able to save enough to purchase the medication, I am able to live my life like a "normal" person. I am able to get housework done, I am able to play with my grandchildren, and I am able to eat food. I cannot describe the difference to my life and that of the lives of my family.
My insurance had paid for this medication for 1 1/2 years before stopping coverage. I am please asking for some help. Thank you for taking the time to read this.